Representatives from 28 NFL teams attended the University of North Carolina Pro Day, including four wide receiver coaches. Jets WRs coach Henry Ellard, who has been making the rounds at these pro days, was of course one of the coaches in attendance.
Many scouts had to be surprised that WR Hakeem Nicks (6-0 7/8, 226 pounds) had gained 14 pounds since the combine. Nicks worked out in positional drills and turned in times of 4.43 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.96 in the three-cone drill, but he otherwise stood on his combine numbers.
The event was held outdoors on FieldTurf, and players who ran the 40-yard dash ran it twice — once with the wind and once against the wind. The pro day included a nice lunch with soups, salads and sandwiches. Scouts were very impressed with the treatment.
Here are other notables from the North Carolina Pro Day:
S Trimane Goddard (5-9 1/8, 198 pounds) showed that he’s a good football player. He’ll find a way onto an NFL roster. He put up times of 4.68 and 4.71 in the 40-yard dash, with a 4.19 short shuttle and a 6.86 three-cone drill. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, with 17 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds.
WR Brooks Foster (6-0 1/2, 201 pounds) just ran the 40-yard dash at the pro day, turning in times of 4.44 and 4.50.
WR Brandon Tate didn’t participate due to an ACL injury. He has been recovering for five months and won’t do anything until June.
OT Garrett Reynolds (6-7 5/8, 315 pounds), whose uncle Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Rams and Niners, put up times of 5.32 and 5.47 in the 40, but otherwise stood on his numbers.
– Gil Brandt